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THCV: what is tetrahydrocannabivarin?

Another day, another cannabinoid. Today we're dealing with Tetrahydrocannabivarin or THCv. In this guide, we explain:

  • What is THCv?
  • How does THCv work?
  • What is the difference between THC and THCv?
  • Where does THCv occur?

What is THCv?

THCv is a type of cannabinoid that occurs in cannabis. It's not as popular as THC and CBD, but it seems to have potential as a cannabinoid powerhouse in marijuana. Like other cannabinoids, THCv interacts with the endocannabinoid system in unique ways that we continue to investigate to fully understand.

While the chemical structures of THC and THCv look very similar and may have some similarities in terms of psychoactive properties, THCv is a unique cannabinoid that occurs in marijuana at the right dose. In fact, it is so unique and available in such small quantities that we are just starting to really understand, market and breed strains that contain this compound.

How does THCv work?

Here's the interesting part about THCv. It appears that THCv works against the CB1 receptor in low doses, which is one of the receptors in our body that is influenced by THC. For this reason, THCv has no psychoactive properties at low doses. At higher doses, however, THCv can change the way it interacts with the body and start to work with the CB1 receptors. This means that at high doses one can feel a THC-like effect from THCv.

What is the difference between THC and THCv?

THC differs from THCv in a few points. The first is that THC is likely to produce a psychoactive effect, while THCv, as described above, can produce this effect at higher doses. In addition, it is thought that THC can increase the appetite of cannabis consumers, but THCv may suppress appetite. Finally, the psychoactive effect of THCv compared to THC is so unique that it received its own nickname - the "sports car" of cannabinoids. This is because the THCv intoxication is described as short but potentially intense.

More research is needed to understand the effects of THC or THCv on the human body, and cannabis and cannabinoids affect everyone differently.

From there, it's best to look for full-spectrum products that contain THCv. Products that only contain THCv, like pure THCv tincture, are limited and may not be available in your region.

Read more: Guide to Cannabinoids